Brugmansias forum: Looking forward to learning a lot.

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Name: Dave
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TennesseeDave
Jun 22, 2014 9:06 AM CST
Hi all. I have been enjoying your photos and posts. I grew these beautiful plants when I lived in the Miami, Florida area about 10 years ago. They grew like weeds there. I now live in Tennessee in Zone 7a although it got quite a lot colder than that last winter. I know that you can grow Brugsmania in containers and I want to try them up here. I would appreciate your expert advice.

1. What varieties do especially well in containers?
2. Is it too late to plant this year?
3. What is a good source for high quality plants?
4. Do you use a special soil mixture or fertilizer on your plants
5. Full Sun/Part Sun/Shade?
Name: Elaine
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dyzzypyxxy
Jun 22, 2014 1:24 PM CST
I keep all mine in containers, Dave. They do great, and I just prune them to keep to a manageable size. They love to be pruned once they're big. Bloom monthly until cold weather.

They like generous water and fert and about half a day sun in FL seems to keep them blooming. I use Osmocote and supplement with Miracle Grow plus a tsp of Epsom salts about once a month.
Elaine

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Name: Rhapsody Hooks
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Rhapsody616
Jun 23, 2014 11:43 PM CST
Hi Dave, I am in Sunny California. Here, alone the coast, they like full sun but will tolerate part shade. Plenty of fertilizer. I use Grow More granulated and liquid. I water them twice a week, one if them with liquid fert. I can not answer the question about time of year. We have not had a winter this year in CA so I just keep the same routine. Soil: I use mostly Miracle Gro Moister Control with a good helping of Kellogg Garden Compost.

As for good seller I have a good luck here and on Ebay. Many people here sell there as well. Most sellers are good there although there are a few for which I have been burnt.

Hope that helps and welcome to the group~
Rhapsody
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Name: JT Sessions
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gone2seed
Jul 1, 2014 6:59 AM CST

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First a belated welcome to the forum Dave.My internet took a lightning strike and has been down for eight days.You already know these plants so know what to expect in the way of care. There are several that do well in containers and I'm sure you will get some good suggestions.
Name: Rhapsody Hooks
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Rhapsody616
Jul 6, 2014 12:03 AM CST
JT~~ Been wondering where you were. Happy to hear you are back on line.

TennesseeDave~~ Most of mine are in 5 gallon buckets and are in their first true year. Last year (2013) I got a bunch of cuttings and went to town. A few of them were purchased larger, some went in the ground and others stayed in pots. So far New Orleans Lady, Tommy L, El Dorado and Shredded White Fantasy are doing well in the pots. We will see about the rest.

Rhapsody I tip my hat to you.
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